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Discovering the Hidden Gems of London’s Leisure Scene



London is a city that never sleeps, offering endless possibilities for fun and relaxation. While tourists flock to famous landmarks, there’s a whole world of exciting activities waiting to be discovered. In this article, we will take you on a journey through London’s lesser-known leisure spots and experiences. We’ll explore the city’s vibrant nightlife, artistic soul, literary treasures, green spaces, and unique cultural offerings.

Nighttime Adventures in the Big Smoke

When the sun goes down, London comes alive with energy and excitement. The city’s nightlife offers something for everyone, from cozy pubs to high-end casinos. Many visitors are surprised by the variety of evening activities available in London.

One popular nighttime activity is visiting a casino. London’s casinos offer an unmatched gambling experience. Additionally, you get to enjoy live music, themed events, and fancy dinning. Some casinos even have special game nights where you can play board games while enjoying a drink.

Better yet, to cater to mobile players, some casinos in the UK have mobile-customized websites for those nights when you can’t make it to physical venues. With these casino apps, you can still enjoy numerous casino games like slots, table games, and live dealer games. Additionally, funding your account is seamless, and you have access to 24/7 customer service.

Uncovering London’s Artistic Treasures

London is a paradise for art lovers, with countless galleries and museums to explore. But there’s more to the city’s art scene than just famous museums. London has many hidden artistic gems waiting to be discovered.

One great way to experience London’s art is through free exhibitions. Many galleries have special evening events where you can see art and meet other art fans. The National Gallery, for example, has ‘Friday Lates’ which allows visitors to explore the museum after closing hours.

If you prefer something more active, try a street art tour. Areas like Shoreditch are famous for their colorful murals and graffiti. These tours let you see amazing art while learning about the city’s history and culture.

For a hands-on art experience, try a painting class. Many places offer fun sessions where you can create your own artwork. Some even let you enjoy a drink while you paint. It’s a great way to make a unique souvenir of your trip.

A Journey Through Literary London

London has a rich literary history that book lovers will adore. The city has been home to many famous writers over the years. There are lots of ways to explore London’s bookish side.

One must-visit spot is the London Library. This huge library has books dating back to 1841 and is an ideal place where you can spend your afternoon browsing rare and interesting books. You can also visit the homes of famous authors like Charles Dickens to see where they lived and worked.

For a more modern literary experience, check out London’s independent bookshops. These shops often host author readings and book signings. You might get to meet your favorite writer or discover a new one.

London also offers unique literary experiences. You can watch Shakespeare plays performed outdoors in the park. Some hotels even serve afternoon tea with treats inspired by famous books. These fun activities bring literature to life in unexpected ways.

Green Escapes in the Heart of the City

Despite being a big city, London has many beautiful parks and green spaces. Spending time in these areas can be good for your health and happiness. Being out in nature can help reduce stress and improve your mood.

One of London’s most famous parks is Hyde Park. Here, you can rent a boat and paddle on the lake. It’s a peaceful way to escape the busy city for a while. If you want a challenge, try hiking to the top of Hampstead Heath for amazing views of London.

London also has some lesser-known green spaces. The Kyoto Garden in Holland Park is a beautiful Japanese-style garden. It’s a quiet place to relax and enjoy nature. Another hidden gem is the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, an old park that’s becoming popular again.

Experiencing London’s Pub Culture

No trip to London is complete without visiting a pub. Pubs are a big part of London’s culture and social life. There are thousands of pubs in the city, each with its own personality.

Pubs in London offer more than just drinks. Many serve delicious food, from traditional British dishes to modern cuisine. Some pubs have special nights for games like darts or pool. Others host pub quizzes where you can test your knowledge and win prizes.

Visiting a pub is a great way to meet local people and experience London culture. You can enjoy a cozy evening by the fireplace or join a lively crowd watching a sports game. Pubs are welcoming places where you can relax and feel like a true Londoner.

Unusual and Quirky London Experiences

London is full of unusual and interesting places to visit. These quirky spots show off the city’s unique personality and offer unique experiences. 

One strange but fascinating place is the Dennis Severs’ House. This museum is set up like a home from the 1700s. It feels like stepping back in time when you visit. Another odd but fun museum is the Horniman Museum. Here, you can see all sorts of weird things, from old musical instruments to stuffed animals.

For a spooky experience, try a Jack the Ripper walking tour. These tours take you through the streets where a famous criminal once walked. It’s a creepy but exciting way to learn about London’s history.


Blue Lagoon to open to the public for one day only as charity fundraiser



A POPULAR leisure venue will be open to locals this summer with the aim of raising thousands of pounds for local charities.

The Blue Lagoon at Bluestone National Park Resort will throw its doors open to the public on August 27.

Six hundred tickets will be available for the local community to enjoy the tropical water park.

All ticket sales go to local charitable causes, with 75 per cent of funds going to a local charitable organisation and 25 per cent through the Bluestone Foundation.

On Tuesday, August 27, Paul Sartori Hospice at Home and Team Cruising Free will benefit from the fundraising created through ticket sales.

Paul Sartori provides end of life care and support at home for Pembrokeshire patients. Team Cruising Free will row the Atlantic in 2025, raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Paul Sartori.

The Bluestone Foundation, the charitable arm of Bluestone National Park Resort has generated funding totalling £17,500 for west Wales communities from its latest round of events and funding.

It has supported local groups with more than £250,000 since it was launched in 2010.

The Bluestone Foundation offers two avenues of support: the community events and the community fund. The community events at the Blue Lagoon raise funds and awareness for local charities.

This year, the foundation has already hosted events for Get the Boys a Lift and VC Gallery. As well as the August event, there will also be an event in October for Sammy Sized Gap, a local charity supporting young people with mental health issues.

“We are thrilled to see the positive impact our community events have on local organisations,” said Marten Lewis at the Bluestone Foundation. “The Blue Lagoon provides a unique and enjoyable setting for fundraising, and we are grateful for the community’s support.”

The community fund, which runs in three rounds this year, provides financial assistance to projects focused on economic, social, and environmental initiatives. The foundation recently allocated approximately £7,500 to three projects in its first round of funding and is currently reviewing applications for its second round which closes in July. A third round of funding will close on 17 October.

Among those to have benefited in the first round are the South Ridgeway Community Association in Manorbier to help develop a community garden and allotments; The Tenby Project, to support weekly sessions with a trained nutritionist on healthy eating for adults with learning difficulties; and Transition Bro Gwaun in Fishguard, to host community energy engagement events.

Tickets for the August event can be purchased at Eventbrite For more information about the Bluestone Foundation and its initiatives, visit

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Broad Haven’s Music Festival set to rock village



GET ready for an electrifying day of music and fun as the Havens Events Crew proudly presents the highly anticipated Broad Haven Music Festival. Scheduled for Saturday, July 20, from 3 PM to 11:30 PM, this event promises a vibrant mix of live bands, local talent, and a delightful BBQ, making it an unmissable occasion for music lovers and families alike.

The festival, at Broad Haven School Field, will feature an impressive lineup of performers. Attendees can look forward to the acoustic melodies of Cadence Acoustic, the energetic rhythms of Coastal Horizon, and the dynamic performances by Loose Change. These local bands are set to deliver a variety of genres, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

In addition to the musical performances, the festival will offer a range of delicious BBQ options, perfect for enjoying a summer evening outdoors. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a visitor, the Broad Haven Music Festival is an ideal opportunity to experience the local culture, connect with the community, and enjoy high-quality entertainment.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase at the Broad Haven Post Office and Lobster and Môr. Early acquisition is recommended to secure a spot at this popular event.

It promises to be a memorable day filled with music, food, and community spirit. The Broad Haven Music Festival is more than just a concert; it’s a celebration of local talent and a testament to the vibrant culture of our town. Don’t miss out on this fantastic event!

For more information, visit the Havens Events Crew’s official website or follow their social media pages for updates and announcements.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, July 20
  • Time: 3 PM – 11:30 PM
  • Location: Broad Haven School Field
  • Performers: Cadence Acoustic, Coastal Horizon, Loose Change
  • Tickets Available At: Broad Haven Post Office, Lobster and Môr

Be sure to mark your calendars and get your tickets soon – we look forward to seeing you there!

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Fishguard Festival of Music launches feast of live classical music next week



THIS year’s Fishguard Festival of Music/Gŵyl Gerdd Abergwaun concerts will open next week with a concert at Newport Memorial Hall by the Young Music Makers of Dyfed.  The concert on Thursday 18 July at 7.30pm is co-presented with Newport Music Society and showcases some of the finest young musicians in the area.

17 further events will be staged at multiple venues in Pembrokeshire from 19 to 31 July, with the popular Welsh National Opera Orchestra returning to the festival to perform at St David’s Cathedral on Friday 19 July.  Conductor Tomas Hanus will lead a programme that will include Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony and the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with soloist Thomas Verity. For this concert a return Festival bus service will call at Cardigan (Finch Square), Newport Square, Dinas, (Kiel House), Fishguard Bus Station and Goodwick Square.  Bus tickets can be purchased when booking concerts tickets.

Other artists performing during the first week of the festival include the Marmen String Quartet, the Welsh National Opera Chamber Orchestra, violinist Braimah Kanneh-Mason with pianist Jâms Coleman and the Bute Wind Quartet. 

On Wednesday the 24th July, Fishguard Festival of Music will welcome back its Patron and former Artistic Director Peter Donohoe to give a piano recital at Neuadd y Dderwen, Rhosygilwen.  

One of the foremost pianists of our time and winner of the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Peter will play music by Chopin and Albeniz and the Variations on a Theme of Chopin by Busoni and by Rachmaninov. Recently, Peter has performed as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle with four performances of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie in London, Edinburgh, and Bucharest. In January, he returned to Philadelphia for performances with the Ama Deus Ensemble and then travelled to Dubai to adjudicate at the 3rd Classic Piano Competition 2024.

The full programme is available to view on the festival’s website and tickets can be booked via 

Gillian Green MBE, Artistic Director of the Fishguard Festival of Music, said: “The Fishguard Festival has been a showcase for world-class music in West Wales for over fifty years.  We have an excellent line-up this year and will be taking music to a range of venues around Fishguard and St Davids.  There is something for everybody.”

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